As a great Kawamori Fan I still hold Nagano in the highest regard, L-Gaim and his Gundam designs are some of my top tier designs of all time, and I don't even dislike his Gothicmeido that much except for the retarded arm joints.
I love how Ebikawa's designs translate extremely well into toy or model-kit form.
Exia's design for example, is inherently double-jointed and does not have the traditional gundam skirt armor which hinders hip movement.
I wonder if he considers the toys when designing his stuff.
First thing I noticed about buying HG Exia was how well everything was articulated. At first I thought it was because of Bandai's gunpla technology, but what you said makes sense; that the design itself was very toy-friendly.
Here's another example. There have been plenty of wing-gundam kits over the years but Rinascita suddenly features tabs to lock its bird-mode in place. I am curious too if it's Bandai engineering or Ebikawa's influence.
Well, most of his FMP designs have little to no front/side skirts either, so do the AGE designs.
Either that or he just likes the no-skirt aesthetic, either way he's a stellar designer.
Was Hasegawa done any mecha design besides Crossbone? I mean, poor guy, we all know he's a shit artist, but he doesn't work as a mecha designer
Also for all those who said Okawara or Kawamori I disagree, Okawara hit rock-bottom after the 90s and Kawamori after Aquarion (the guy is so obsessed with CG he just keeps shoving details into his designs)
>just keeps shoving details into his designs
Details like what?
At least he keeps the decals to a reasonable amount, unlike Katoki.
>At least he keeps the decals to a reasonable amount, unlike Katoki.
No he doesn't
Katoki likes to put decals and keep them like that, just details
Kawamori shoves details like race car decals, warning decals, color details, light detail, details, details, details
Seriously, all his CG designs are overdesigned as fuck, clearly the new century fuck his head up
Reminder that the Ma-Vesses have three different modes. Granted one is "ball with arms and legs" and one is "ball" but the tech in that setting isn't as absurd than some of his other series.
Wasn't there some dude who made a point of trying to get all the different ways you could toy with the Vectors to make dozens of different Aquarions?
>"ball with arms and legs" and one is "ball"
It's like a ground based VF.
As for Aquarion, I think that's just how much he played with his legos.
I think he designed the stuff in crossbone that katoki didn't like most of the Jovian mechs
What I *like* about Hasegawa is that no matter how whacky his designs are, he always goes into detail justifying the design in his supplementary materials. Zondo Gei, for example is his answer to making a De'an Gei that is able to maneuver effectively in Jupiter's gravity well, simply by reducing the mobile suit's mass to the bare minimum.
Maneuverability was the top priority due to the pirates' hit-and-run guerrilla tactics. On the other hand, the Jovians preferred for all-round units like the Batara or a sucide-units like the Pez Batara.
watch your tone boy Hasegawa has some pretty cool looking stuff.
Well it was changed quite a bit from his original design..
All of Hasegawa's designs look better when some one else draws them.
>he drew this picture doesn't mean he designed this mech.
You're the one who can't read.
>at least he never went nuts like a lot of designers
Deep inside, he wants to design cute and moe stuff.
Katoki only gets credit for the Crossbone Gundams not everything else. (even though Hasegawa designed the first crossbones)
You kids probably don't know but there was a time when Hatsune Miku was ambiguously /m/.
Then Grandpa Katoki came, made Miku into a robot, forced bandai to release a toy of her, shoved it right into SRW and right up into our asses.
>clearly the new century fuck his head up
To be fair, Kawamori never lost his mind on the same level as others such as Izubuchi, Shirow, Nagano, etc.
And GP02, quite possibly the sexiest "evil" Gundam ever made.
Ebikawa really needs to do more curvy designs like Belial or the GN-X. I feel like that's where his style really shines through.
Fuck his small foot fetish though.
Does NAOKI count as a designer?
Cause goddamn he knows how to get me hard.
I can't say he is worst but I find Masafumi Matsuura's stuff kinda gross. The Gundam Reon and Moon Crisis guy. Those color palettes are god awful and more vomit inducing than lime green and pink combined. He manage to fuck up the basic red, blue, and white and just place them in the absolute worst spots.
I dunno, perhaps I am really scraping the bottom of the barrel since he is probably amateur-tier at best for writing Gundam "fan fiction".
I appreciate Kawamori, but never really loved his design.
As for my favorites:
- Nagano before he lost his mind.
- Makoto Kobayashi, but I understand his stuff is an acquired taste. Anorexia Bound Doc, elephantiasis legs. Shit is so weird and different I love it. And I think /m hate bio-shit, right?
- Kondo Kazuhisa. I am surprised no one mentioned him. I personally dig those Russian army/Naziesque skirt armor fashioned after long coat. Again, acquired taste I presume, since most people will scream NOT FUNCTIONAL. I don't care =P
>I don't care =P
Don't do that.
Anyway, top-teir tastes my friend. Nagano is my favorite right now. I just love the elegant aesthetic he has going on in his mecha. I don't even particularly hate his Gothicmaid designs either but i wish he didn't retcon his other works and keep GM to itself.
Fuck you faggot, ANT has great taste and Naoki is amazing. Nothing you say can change that.